Instead of being saddled with the sycophantic Donald J. Trump, Jr., who currently finds himself the subject of intense legal scrutiny, President Trump might have been better served by siring someone like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
After all, the Prime Minister and Junior, both in their 40’s, share some things in common. Some. Both are the children of highly-visible fathers with varying levels of success.
Junior’s dad was formerly-known for being a television reality star, in addition to being a well-heeled promoter of real estate, vodka, steaks, neckties, universities, far-fetched political conspiracy theories and questionable foreign and international trade policies.
Justin Trudeau is the son of a formidable intellectual and statesman, former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. The younger Mr. Trudeau assumed the mantle his late father once held in leading his nation.
Don Jr. – when not testifying before Congress regarding his formerly-secret meetings with questionable Russian oligarchs and alleged agents – is theoretically co-head of his father’s “Organization.”
Both men have effectively joined their respective family businesses.
The similarities – and probably some not mentioned – end there.
Prime Minister Trudeau is an elected official, head of his party and the leader of his country. He legitimately negotiates foreign policy and trade deals on behalf of the Canadian people. He holds a prominent place on the world stage, as evidenced by his recent hosting of the G7 (or G6+1 or eventual G6) Summit.
While Don Jr. admirably (though not necessarily honorably) served as his father’s surrogate and pit bull during the presidential election, his subsequent not-quite-arms-length meetings with foreign business leaders and supposedly unofficial interactions with foreign government officials have raised eyebrows over potential conflicts of interest.
Let’s see… one was elected. The other… entitled.
Prime Minister Trudeau’s father passed away nearly two decades ago. Like most children, the younger Mr. Trudeau probably misses his dad and might have valued any insights, advice, and encouragement the senior PM might have offered regarding how best to serve the Canadian people and interact with its allies and the world community.
Junior’s dad is still accessible. Even when he’s 40,000 feet aloft aboard Air Force One, homeward-bound from a foreign visit to the Middle East that left him feeling quite pleased.
Quite pleased, until he had to take an encrypted phone call from Junior, who needed his dad’s immediate attention and input in writing a response to The New York Times report that he – along with brother-in-law Jared Kushner and then Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort – had held previously-unacknowledged meetings with suspected “friends of Vlad.”
It was as though Junior had devolved from international executive into a naughty schoolboy seeking a parental letter from home, acknowledging – or making excuses for – his misdeeds. Either that or a get-out-of-jail card.
One can only imagine what President Trump was thinking while seated next to Canada’s Prime Minister at the G7. Perhaps there was the occasional fleeting glance toward the younger Mr. Trudeau, the president’s thoughts drifting to his own son, wondering, “Where did I go wrong?”
Probably not. The president never experiences remorse or regret, nor does he appear to like anyone possessing independent thoughts or a difference of opinion. He clearly doesn’t like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Maybe none of these things consciously affects President Trump’s relationship with the Prime Minister. The president was most likely thinking about himself and how America’s long-standing friends have wronged him personally rather than making comparisons between Junior and the PM, both of whom he clearly relishes terrorizing.
Maybe slapping irrational tariffs on Canada, China, the EU, Mexico, and other nations is as familiar to the president as planting a parental slap on a child’s face.
Yet, if his words are to be taken seriously, Prime Minister Trudeau is – unlike Don Jr. – willing to stand up to this tyrannical despot of a dad and make abundantly clear that he’s not going to take it anymore. And it would appear neither are the rest of America’s family of historic allies.
Copyright 2018 Blair Bess distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.
Blair Bess is a Los Angeles-based television writer, producer, and columnist. He edits the online blog Soaggragated.com, and can be reached at [email protected]